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OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — From thought, to hand, to paper is not an especially long journey.

Artist and architect Adam Lanman takes that trip all the time in his small office at 1219 Creative in Oklahoma City.

He says, “Sketching is a huge part of thinking conceptually.”

You might recognize the vaulting arches or soaring towers like he does.

To Adam, they spring from a youth spent exploring the countryside and building cool forts.

“I do imagine these as little cities, little places where I’ve been,” he says.

To you, his worlds on paper and made of paper can be anything you want.

Your conversation with his imagination is wide open.

“To imagine yourself inside,” asks an office visitor?

“Absolutely,” Adam responds. “What would it be like to go over that hill or cross that bridge?”

But in here, at least, he is still king.

These structures are his and his alone, a perfect world.

As with any architect he would like to see some of these creations grow in scale, and he has, but bigger is harder.

Lanman says, “To take one of these and imagine it full-scale would be a year’s worth or longer of an exercise.”

With money and time Lanman might be able to build his own city, a utopian place full of light and shadow, and the fun he remembers having as a kid.

The biggest problem would actually be the other people who lived there.

“The buildings are cool but it’s always the people who screw up the world,” remarks his visitor.

Adam laughs and responds, “They need to step out of the frame.”

And so it happens when each of us tries to build out our own perfect world.

Worlds collide as soon as someone else walks into the room.

Adam Lanman knows some of his ideas will never be built to human scale because the real world is too messy.

A bunch of people sharing even a place like this can never be perfect, maybe just possible.

Adam Lanman has an exhibit opening later in November, 2016 at JRB Art at the Elms in the Paseo District of Oklahoma City.

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